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Mental health trust staff sleeping rough to highlight homelessness

​​​​​​​Staff at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) are getting ready for a sleep-out to raise awareness of homelessness, raise money for good causes that help people in need and collect provisions for a foodbank.

The Early Intervention Team based at Northgate Hospital in Great Yarmouth has decided to highlight the effect that homelessness can have on service users and the barrier it can pose to recovery, by sleeping rough on Friday, 20 April.

Charlotte White, Community Manager, Early Intervention Team, said: "This is something we are passionate about.

"We all have experience of dealing with the effects of homelessness on people's mental health and the struggles that people with mental health problems face when they are homeless.

"Both mental health and homelessness are complex issues, but when someone is facing both, it can be especially difficult for them.

"So, we decided to highlight the issue, raise money for good causes that help people in need and collect for the foodbank."

They will be handing out food parcels to homeless people and walking around to support and talk to people living on the streets, then bedding down overnight at Northgate Hospital from 9pm to 6am.

You can support their efforts by making a contribution to Great Yarmouth Foodbank. In particular, they are looking for: tinned meat meals, tins of vegetables, potatoes, soup, fruit, and jars of jam, peanut butter, marmalade, etc, plus cereals, as well as toiletries, especially sanitary ware. Donations can be dropped off at the Resource Centre at Northgate Hospital, Monday to Friday, from 9am to 4.30pm.

The team will be fundraising for local foodbanks and Tribal Trust, a local support network which provides vital supplies to people throughout Great Yarmouth who are homeless or in need, including food, warm clothing and toiletries.

To donate via the team's JustGiving page, visit